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7 stories found over the past 45 days
Myanmar must address ‘serious’ human rights violations against minorities – UN rights chief

20 June 2016 – Issuing a new report on the situation of minorities in Myanmar, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has urged the Government to take concrete steps to end the “systemic discrimination” and ongoing human rights violations against minority communities, particularly the Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.


UN humanitarian coordinator reports more than 26,000 people affected by Myanmar floods

15 June 2016 – Heavy monsoon rains since the beginning of June have caused flooding in five states and regions of Myanmar, resulting in 14 deaths and affecting at least 26,000 people, a United Nations humanitarian coordinator reported today.


UN refugee agency projects resettlement needs at 1.19 million in 2017

13 June 2016 – With a multitude of conflicts and crises causing record displacement around the world, more than 1.19 million people are projected to be in need of resettlement in 2017, the UN refugee agency said today.


UN agency announces world's first illegal fishing treaty now in force

05 June 2016 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced that a groundbreaking international accord aimed at stamping out illegal fishing went into effect today and is now legally binding for the 29 countries and a regional organization that have adhered to it.


Droughts and persisting conflicts exacerbate global food needs – UN agency

02 June 2016 – Droughts linked to El Niño and civil conflicts have pushed the number of countries currently in need of external food assistance up to 37 from 34 in March, a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has found.


UN agricultural agency accord on illegal fishing set to enter into force

16 May 2016 – The world’s first-ever international agreement specifically targeting illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing is set to enter into force next month, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today, highlighting the accord’s importance in efforts to ensure sustainable fisheries and responsible fish stock management globally.


FEATURE: 317 days tied up in a cellar – a former hostage reflects on his ordeal and the need to do more to protect aid workers

12 May 2016 – Early one morning in December 1998, Vincent Cochetel, a French United Nations aid worker in his late thirties, was riding in the back of a car on a bumpy Chechen road, blind-folded with two men on either side of him, when the vehicle came under fire.